“The feeling that you may have just boarded a Scientology cruise ship is not accidental. It’s rooted partly in Silicon Valley’s techno-Rapturist soil, and partly in Anderson’s own evangelical yearnings. Those invited to speak at TED are mailed an actual stone tablet engraved with “The TED Commandments.” (One is “Thou Shalt Not Sell From the Stage”.) June Cohen, who runs TED’s media operation, told an audience two years ago that her sister-in-law calls the TED Talk “a secular sermon”. The atheist Daniel Dennett suggested that TED could “replace” religion, observing that it “already, largely wittingly I think, adopted a lot of the key design features of good religions”, including giving away content.”—
Really fascinating article all about the phenomenon that is TED.
“The world is full of order that doesn’t necessarily deserve our respect. Sometimes there is meaning, justice, and logic present in the way things are — but sometimes there just isn’t. And I think the moment that we realize this is the moment we become creative people. Because it prompts us to mess things up and do something better with the basic pieces of experience.”—
Designer Kelli Anderson reflecting on her practice of ‘disruptive wonder’. Worth taking the time to watch her TEDxPhoenix talk below:
This is a really awesome series that condenses complex ideas into digestible chunks. I’d recommend taking 13 minutes out of your day to listen to this discussion about the man sometimes called the ‘Derrida of the digital age’.
“The First Place is your home, and the Second Place is your office. You have assigned roles and tasks at each place, and you know nearly all the people in each. The Third Place is where you meet with people you don’t know that well, or maybe at all, and you exchange ideas, learn about other people, and enrich society and yourself.”—
In 2012 I am formalising this time on a weekly basis a little more. I already have a couple of Third Spaces (Awesome Foundation Sydney, Vibewire fastBreak) but I will also be looking to make a small portion of this blog dedicated to in-person catch-ups.
Do you have a Third Space? Where is it and how do you use it?
“It takes between a week and 12 days to build up a tolerance and dependency on caffeine (even at just one cup a day), and an average of 10 days to work it off. Once you’re past the rough mornings and headaches, you’re able to strategically deploy the stuff when you’ve got a big day ahead and need better attention and memory performance.”—How to break your daily caffeine habit and use coffee strategically
One industry that is already undergoing change and which is going to be even more radically transformed in the near future is education.
If you are interested in sociology, then this free course offered by Yale is worth checking out.
As telepresence technologies and collaborative reading platforms become more sophisticated, alongside access to online educational materials, the physical experience of being with your classmates and educators will also begin to move online.